The coalition government’s views on the Cyprus issue are unrealistic, general secretary of the Republican Turkish Party (CTP), Erdogan Sorakin has said. Commenting on the upcoming tripartite meeting in Berlin between UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President Mustafa Akinci and President Nicos Anastasiades, he reminded that no system other than the federal system has been discussed.
Noting that although they are trying to form the terms of reference for renewed negotiations, Sorakin argued that they have been determined already. He further explained that the joint declaration of 11 February 2014 and the June 30 Guterres framework are the documents that constitute the pre-conditions for the terms of reference.
He added that: “The two-state solution under the EU’s umbrella stands as an alternative option, but it is unrealistic. The negotiation process has been going on for 50 years and no other system outside the federal system has been discussed. All the documents in the past envisage a federation to be established on federal ground”.
The problematic issues in the last round of Cyprus talks at Crans-Montana, Switzerland in 2017, such as the rotating presidency, effective participation of the Turkish Cypriots in decision-making processes, guarantees and political equality should be overcome, Sorakin said. He added that it is important for these issues to be addressed, because as long as they remain unsolved, it is becoming harder to reach a solution and as a result, the Turkish Cypriot people are losing their hope and their tolerance is lowering.
Noting that the problems in the Eastern Mediterranean are part of the Cyprus issue, Sorakin said that there are considerable [natural gas] reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, adding that the problems in the Eastern Mediterranean can be solved through a comprehensive solution. “However, Turkey cannot be left out of the energy equation in the Eastern Mediterranean”, he stressed.